DPM: MCA united again

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 06 Sep 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA is again united and the rift in the party is a thing of the past, declared Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

Speaking to a crowd of over 100,000 at the Sungei Wang Plaza in Jalan Bukit Bintang for the Lantern Festival 2003 last night, Abdullah said that during the past two celebrations which he had attended and were organised by the Bukit Bintang MCA division, the party president was not present “as there were some problems.” 

“But this time the president and his friends are all here. MCA is already all right, already good and peaceful. I don’t think there is anyone here who feels uneasy,” he said. 

Abdullah also said Barisan would continue to practise power-sharing among the component parties as the method of government fitted well for the country. 

“For 50 years, we have practised power-sharing and it is the best way. We want this to continue forever,” he said, adding that the different races represented by the component parties shared the same love for the country. 

BRIGHTER DAYS: (From left)Bukit Bintang MCA chief Datuk Dr Lee Chong Meng, Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Paduka Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, Ong, Umno Youth chief Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein, executive chairman of Teknik Niaga Sdn Bhd Datuk Marzuki Ismaun, who is one of the sponsors for the event, organising vice-chairman of the festival Frankie Gan and former MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Lim Ah Lek holding lanterns at the Lantern Festival 2003 in Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur Friday.

He said the people were not living in fear because Malaysia was a peaceful country not threatened by bombings and disturbances. 

The Deputy Prime Minister, who arrived late for the event, told the crowd that he had to attend a dinner for the Multimedia Super Corridor’s International Advisory Panel and added that the panel’s members had told him that the MSC was the best such project in the world. 

“I am very happy that they felt this way and we hope the MSC success will help spur the economic growth of the country and help the country attain bigger successes,” he said. 

He said during the first festival the organiser created the biggest mooncake and the second time the longest mooncake.  

“This time it is the tallest mooncake, perhaps next year you can make the smallest mooncake, a minute one because no one has done that,” he joked. 

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting in his speech said Malaysians should stay united as signified by the colour blue under the programme Mendakap Langit Biru (to reach for the blue sky) launched at the celebrations. 

“We live in a harmonious country which allows all races to celebrate the different cultural festivities,” he said.  

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